South Korean weightlifter Sa Jae-hyouk attempted to lift 357 pounds on Wednesday, an act which resulted in a grotesquely dislocated elbow. Since I’m not a big fan of seeing anyone writhe around in pure agony, the clip and images associated with this truly horrific injury aren’t really my cup of tea. If you’re at all squeamish about seeing parts of the human body in places where they’re not supposed to be, you may want to skip out on the video embedded below.
According to The Daily Mail, the problem began when Sa Jae-hyouk attempted to lift 357 pounds in the snatch. As a result, his elbow became dislocated, causing the South Korean Olympian to cry out in pain. As the medical team rushed to address the problem, it quickly became apparent that his injury was a bit more serious than most.
Although Sa had success with the 348 pound lift, though his problem began when he attempted to up the ante to 357 pounds. As he embarked on his mission to raise all of that dead weight into the air, the Olympian couldn’t seem to get out of a squatting position. As a result, his arm buckled under the pressure, causing his elbow to dislocate in the process. His pain, as you can see, is quite real.
Since Jae-Hyouk brought home the gold for weightlifting at the Beijing Olympics, South Korea had hoped the athlete would do the same in London. As you can tell from the embedded clip, Sa’s dream of obtaining another medal was shattered in a stream of pain and agony.
Following Sa’s injury, China’s Lu Xiaojun went on to win the competition, smashing two world records in the process. Good for China, bad for South Korea.
Sa Jae-hyouk was rushed to an area hospital for treatment. The status of his injury is unknown as of this writing. For those of you with strong stomachs and a high tolerance for human misery, the video of the South Korean weightlifter’s injury awaits your attention.